Baderbräu Chicago Pilsner
Baderbräu Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Baderbräu Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Baderbräu Chicago PilsnerBaderbräu Chicago Pilsner
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KingBiscuit from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jul 22, 2012
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An interesting story on their website. And if anyone likes sleuthing for recipes, read their story.
I like that they revived an original craft pilsener from the early 1990s that MJ had reviewed highly.
It looks and smell like a typical pilsner, but it tasted better to me as it warmed. The hops balanced well with the malt and the carbonation low (which I prefer.)
What I especially like is that they are converting an abandoned warehouse on Chicago's southside into a brewery and the taproom is on the edges of the tourist district regenerating around the convention center. This, too, is a good story about beer.

May 13, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Crystal-clear pale amber, well-laced glass

SMELL: Aromatic malts, herbal hops, spicy, clean, bready, wild honey

TASTE: Godly smoothness, loaf of bread, balanced bitterness, herbal, peppery, salt, honey, touch of toastiness, green tea, grassy, mildly citric; clean, semidry finish

A resurrected Chicagoland area brew from a decade ago that Michael Jackson the beer critic claimed was the “best pilsener I’ve ever tasted in America.” Fast forward 10 years and perhaps that is not the case anymore, though what we have here is a very good American craft beer. Not the kind of Pils we expected, but very good nonetheless.

Dec 12, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a swirling carbonation of tiny bubbles and a head so thick and creamy the last little pour swirls and rest on top of the foam. The head last for the full beer.

S- The full green woody hops are fresh and bright with some green citrus notes to follow and a minty hue in there aswell. The pils malt comes though softly in the finish but gets stronger on the exhale.

T- The full bold green juicy hops with some dry hop grassy notes blend with the fresh pils malt flavor that has just enough sweetness to give it a freshness without tasting sweet. There is a nice pungent green hops flavor that lingers after the slightly dry finish but it isn't bitter.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that boost the hops profile in the finish.

O- This is a great beer that I would say is the holotype of an American Pilsner. I don't like the BJCP guidelines and this is what I want from an American Pilsner. Great America hops blended with clean fresh pilsner malt and dry hopping to give it that much more flavor. Very sessionable and balanced. I drank two 6-pack and know I can't find any. There are very few beers I keep on hand but this will be one of them, it is truly a gem.

Nov 26, 2012
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baderbrau, boy do I remember you. Originally brewed by Pavichevich in Elmhurst, IL and then for too short of awhile by GI, I was glad to see that Argus had picked-up this beer.

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a bright gold with a fluffy and stick off-white head.

You can tell from the nose that it contains Nobel and Saz hops, they are both peppery and floral at the same time.

The beer has strong malty base that adds some grainy balance to the hops. It is a bit sweet with some plums and something earthy in the finish. The 42 IBUs are evident and appreciated.

The mouth is medium body with really well dialed in carbonation.

Glad to see this one return. It is always nice to have more quality pilsner/lager options.

Aug 18, 2012
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steveh from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I spotted this one in a store teeming with an assortment of many beers I'd had before -- or just didn't care to try. Since I'd just seen the new Baderbräu guys on local TV excitedly espousing the goodness of their beers, I thought I'd give it a try.

I haven't had this 3rd incarnation of the 90s Chicago foray into craft brewing (yeah kids, craft beer has been around that long), but I tried the new brewery's South Side Pride -- advertising being decocted -- and was a bit underwhelmed. I liked the original Pilsner from Elmhurst, and the Goose Island rendition was good, let's see how the South Loop version fairs.

12 ounce can poured into my short Becher. No date to be found on the can.

L -- Clear, deep golden with a fizzy white head that drops like a stone.

S -- Light DMS, lightly spicy hops, some sweetish malt fighting for recognition.

T -- Grainy, crackery malts up front with nicely German-tasting hops dominating; spicy and lightly citrus. The hop flavor starts to become mildly resiny with more samples -- probably one of the newer noble varietals in use. Distinct hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste -- I only wish the malt had a little more recognition.

F -- Crisp to dry mouthfeel with a medium-light body.

O -- It's not German, it's close to modern Nouveau Ami Pils, it's not the original by any stretch, but it's not awful either. It falls into the category of a small American brewery wanting to make a style that they really aren't familiar with -- so they make it like other new Pilsners they've tried. If only they'd talked with Metropolitan.

Oct 31, 2017
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GClarkage from California

4/5  rDev +7%

Jul 08, 2014
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light hint of amber coloring to this otherwise pale hay hued brew. Good bubbling and decent off-white head.

Some toasty aromas and just a little musty, earthy hop aromas. If you blindfolded me and I smelled this beer, I would not think it was a Czech pilsner.

Pretty toasty malt flavor to this brew from start to finish. Just a few earthy hop notes to balance the otherwise sweet and toasty malt flavor profile. The finish is smooth, but a little sticky for a pilsner IMHO. Not as sessionable as I would like my pilsners to be. Glad I tried this Chicago icon of sorts. Not a bad beer by any means.

May 20, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Back on the market after a few months' hiatus.

It pours a bright and saturated orange tone, plenty of white foam and some drippy lace patterns in the glass.
Lasting head retention, coverage remains for most of the glass.

Grassy and earthy noble hop aroma, bready and clean pilsner malt.

Very crisp and snappy with noticeable hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Crackery and dry, very clean and thirst quenching. Light bodied but it has a substantial feel, ample carbonation. Not sweet or buttery like so many other Czech Pils. A prototype of the style, very nicely done.

Apr 30, 2013
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Supposedly, the people at this new brewery are reviving an old recipe for a beer with the same name that went out of business over 10 years ago. Having never tried this beer 10 years ago, I have no idea how close they came to making this taste like the original Baderbräu Chicago Pilsner, so I can only review it and score it as to how it tastes today.

The beer poured a clear golden color, but made only a ½-finger of white head that faded quickly and left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer had a nice noble hop aroma to it - very Saaz-like, along with some pilsener malt. Herbal, flowery, and spicy. It's not strong, but very pleasant.

Spicy and peppery hop flavor with a good dose of Pilsener malt for balance. It's a bit on the bitter side but in a good way. I liked it.

Light bodied with moderately high carbonation, making it very crisp and biting.

Don't know if this is what the original tasted like, but this one is very good.


Jul 29, 2014
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psmith161 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2017
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brandoman63 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 14, 2014
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Guinnsslvr from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Apr 25, 2013
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scootercrabb from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Jun 29, 2012
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enelson from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Sep 12, 2012
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of my dad, who showed genuine excitement upon the prodigal return of this beer...despite the fact that he "never drinks beer".

Into a New Glarus glass, I have no idea what to call this type of glass, pours nice transparent yellow with a healthy swarm of tiny bubbles. Big egg white fluff has some serious longevity and the lacing is copious.

Noble hops are spicy on the nose with a dash of white pepper.

Nice pepper spice from the nose up front with a clean malt and soft bitter fade.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy with a slight soapiness on the finish.

I really enjoyed this. Maybe it's that pilseners are growing on me, maybe it's that this is quite nice, or maybe it's both. This didn't last long in my glass and I wouldn't mind another.

Sep 28, 2012
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 12, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours golden with nice clarity, fluffy, white head sticks around awhile. Aromas are grassy hop, pilsner malt, lager yeast. Overly sharp in taste, soapy, grassy, pilsner malt, biscuity, mild herbal hops linger with some astringency. Light-to-medium body, ample carbonation, very drying on the finish. Overall, good representation of the style, but I couldn't get past the soapy taste.

Apr 28, 2013
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imperialking from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jul 03, 2013
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superdoopersauce from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Apr 18, 2014
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ferrari29 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jul 27, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

A decent amount of ballyhoo surrounding the resurrection of this brew (complete with a phoenix on the label, no less), so let's see what it's all about, eh? It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuits, light grass, sweet flowers, and a kiss of mild toffee. The taste begins with a general rehashing of the smell; then in rushes a good amount of sharp grass, light greens, and citrus rind. This wave lasts only a short while, then dies away, taking nearly everything with it in the ebb. All that remains is a small impression of what had only recently been there. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta slick feel. Overall, an alright pils, but one that's unlike any I've had before. Normally they have a characteristic flavor, one that stands alone and throughout the entire drinking experience. This one, with its waves of flavors, seems fairly unique to me, though not necessarily in a negative way (nor a distinctively positive one, for that matter). Definitely an interesting, mostly enjoyable beer.

Jun 25, 2012
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rabbitguy from Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Aug 12, 2013
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

May 05, 2014
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stanale from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 28, 2016
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